Allergic and Non-Allergic Causes of Nasal and Sinus Symptoms

The nose is one of the most important areas of the body as it provides a steady influx of oxygen to the brain and bloodstream. When you have issues with this area of the body, not only can it affect your body’s oxygen intake, but it can also pose a great annoyance to you. There are various reasons you may be experiencing nasal and sinus symptoms, some having to do with allergens or lifestyle choices. 

Allergic Causes of Nasal and Sinus Symptoms

Allergic rhinitis is inflammation in the nose caused by exposure to certain allergens. This is the effect of the immune system overreacting to commonplace allergens that don’t cause such a drastic effect on others. Many people who experience allergic rhinitis tend to react poorly to allergens such as pollen, animal dander, mold, or dust. After exposure to these allergens, sensitive parties may have the following symptoms:

  • Sneezing 
  • Runny nose
  • Blocked or stuffed up nose
  • Itchiness 

While many people experience these symptoms during allergy-rich seasons such as spring or fall, those with severe reactions may experience these symptoms for months to years. Those allergic to trees, grass, or other permanent year-round staples may experience heightened sensitivity year-round. 

For those who experience allergic rhinitis at severe or prolonged rates, medication is available to lessen or eliminate symptoms entirely. It is important to speak to a medical professional about your options. 

Non-Allergic Causes of Nasal and Sinus Symptoms

Non-allergic rhinitis is a nasal condition that produces irritating symptoms seemingly without a particular cause. Those experiencing this issue may feel allergy symptoms, including frequent sneezing, nasal congestion, mucus, and a running nose on a regular basis. It can be a mystery why your sinus is behaving in this way; however, it may be a reaction to certain lifestyle choices you have made. Some lifestyle choices that may contribute to nasal or sinus issues include:

  • Being prescribed a certain medication that your body does not agree with. 
  • Being exposed to food that irritates your body. 
  • Having a chronic health condition that creates this bodily reaction.

Air pollutants can also be the culprit behind your nasal or sinus issues. If you have persistent nasal and sinus issues and cannot determine the cause, it is best to seek the opinion of a medical professional. 

How We Can Help

When you come to the medical professionals at Allergy Associates, we will put forth all of our efforts into understanding what may be triggering your nasal and sinus symptoms and how to move forward with your treatment. Our goal is to provide you with the best comprehensive treatment for your case. This could be either with medication or topical treatments. We will also take into consideration your opinion and your thoughts on your treatment plan. We are willing to collaborate with you on your health in order to make this process as easy and comfortable for you as possible. 

Why Choose Us

Our allergists take great care in performing tests to understand the cause of your nasal and sinus symptoms to the fullest extent. It is important to us that we understand your specific case so that we can create the most beneficial treatment possible so that you can go back to living normally. We understand that these issues can be difficult, which is why the professionals at Allergy Associates will go the extra mile to give you the best care possible.